Spring Semester Ends (after) this Saturday, May 16th! Register by May 16th to reserve your spot for the Fall Semester

This Saturday, May 16th is the last day of the Spring Semester.  All classes and lessons will take place on the normal schedule (unless you have been notified otherwise) since this is the snow make-up date for the January 24th cancellation.  We hope to see everyone one more time before the summer break.

Fall Registration is Now Open for returning Bard Prep students.  After May 16th, registration will open to everyone and any unreserved spots are up for grabs, so please register (application + deposit) by May 16th!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks and have a great summer!

Summer Lessons

Some of the Bard Prep teachers will be coming to teach during the summer weeks.  If you are interested in your child continuing lessons during this summer, please talk to your child’s teacher or to us – bardprep@bard.edu – to find out more about dates and availability.

Bard Music Camp is Actually Coming Up Soon – Registration Deadline June 1

The Bard Music Camp registration deadline is June 1st.  Very few spots remain so please get your applications in soon.  Information is below or email us at  bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.

Bard Music Camp Information:

The 5th Bard Music Camp will take place this summer from July 6-18th.  Camp information and registration is now available on the Preparatory Division Summer Camp Site!

Week 1,  July 6-11, includes the Early Childhood Program (Ages 2-5) and the Full Day Program (Ages 5-9).  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Arts and Crafts, SQUARE DANCING(!) and many other fun and educational activities.  For More Information Click HERE!

Week 2, July 13-18:  Full Day Program for students Ages 10-18.  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Performance Classes, Chamber Music, and more!  For More Information Click HERE!

2015-2016 Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship

IN 2014 the Sanders family generously established the Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship to celebrate and encourage musical excellence at Bard Prep.  Each year one recipient who has demonstrated outstanding growth as a musician and exceptional commitment to their musical studies is selected to receive the award.

On Saturday, May 9, 2014-2015 Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship recipient Ethan Richman presented a solo recital to showcase the hard work he put in this year.  Congratulations to Ethan on a fantastic recital!

The Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that the 2015-2016 Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship will be awarded to Composition and Piano student Aleksandra Ratnikova.  Aleksandra will participate in Prep division events and concerts and in May of 2016 she will present a recital of original compositions written under the guidance of Shawn Jaeger.  Congratulations to Aleksandra and we look forward to hearing her work over this year!

Bake Sale – We Can Smash $4000 (so let’s do that)!!!

With 1 week left we need just $136 to make it to $4000 and a new record for the Scholarship Fund!  Now it is just too easy!  Let’s smash/demolish/pulverize/obliterate (thanks to Roget) the $4000 record!

Thank you so much to our regular contributors.  I won’t embarrass you all by listing names, but you know who you are and we do too and we thank you for your generosity, hard work, and delicious food that made this such a successful semester!

Please bake and eat and let’s make it way past $4000!

Week 12 – $389

Week 11 – $293

Week 10 – $430

Week 9 – $280

Week 8 – $256

Week 7 – $341

Week 6 – $315

Week 5 – $375

Week 4 – $332

Week 3 – $291

Week 2 – $310 

Week 1 – $252

$3,864 and counting for Scholarships!  Thank You!

All proceeds from the Bake Sale support the Scholarship Fund!  Please consider Baking or taking a shift at the Table.


Upcoming Faculty and Friends Performances: Renana, Hiroko, Alice, Tanya Gabrielian

Former Bard Prep Faculty Member and Friend of Prep Tanya Gabrielian, Piano

  • Friday, May 15th at 7 pm, friend of Prep pianist Tanya Gabrielian will perform a FREE Family Concert with the Bard Conservatory String Orchestra at the Doctorow Center in Hunter, NY.  The program is an introduction to the orchestra.  Fun for all ages!  Free Admission!

Program will be:

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Strauss Pizzicato Polka
Bach Keyboard Concerto in F Minor
Saint-Saens Wedding Cake

Renana Gutman, Prep Piano Faculty

  • Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30 pm, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, MA:  with 2015 Paganini Competition winner In Mo Yang, violin.  Works by Brahms, Mozart, Ravel, and Schoenberg.  Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, July 9th at 7 pm, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY:  with Alexi Kenney, violin:  Works by Westhoff, Bach, Enescu, and Poulenc.  Click here for more information.


Hiroko Sasaki, Prep Piano Faculty

  • May 27 – Solo Recital/Chamber Music with cellist Scott Ballantyne – Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, NYC – more info soon


Alice Yoo, Prep Cello Faculty

  • May 16, 2015, La Grua Center, Chamber Series, Stonington, CT:  Chamber concert with David Kaplan, Catherine Gregory

Important Bard Prep Informational Links – Recital Information, Practice Buddies, Tutors, Classics on Hudson, Catskill Jazz Factory

Here is information on Academic tutor BETHANY IDES.


BARD PREP STUDENT RECITAL INFORMATION – Dates and Performer Information for Midterm, Final, and Composition Recitals




BARD PREP FACULTY IN ACTION!  Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.



Ethan’s Recital – this Saturday, May 9th at 11:15 am in Olin Hall!

Ethan Recital Poster 2

Ethan’s recital is this Saturday, May 9th at 11:15 am in Olin Hall.  Please come support Ethan for this important event!

Ethan Richman has been a student in the Preparatory Division at Bard since 2008 and we have all seen his amazing growth as a musician over that time.  During the 2014-2015 year, Ethan has been the recipient of the Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship Award.  He has represented the program in various performances, participated in fundraising activities for the Prep, and focused on his studies as a pianist and composer.  As the first recipient of this generous scholarship, Ethan has represented himself and the program admirably and set an example of the discipline and work required to achieve excellence in music.  We are very proud of Ethan and his accomplishments!

As the final requirement for the Sanders Scholarship, on Saturday, May 9th at 11:15 am in Olin Hall, Ethan will present a solo recital to celebrate his work during the year.  Please come support Ethan and show him that we appreciate his commitment to his studies.  Congratulations Ethan on your great work this year!



Bard Prep Fall Registration is Now Open – Deadline to reserve your spot is May 16!

Fall Registration has begun.  The deadline to reserve your child’s spot with his/her teacher is May 16th.  After that it’s open season on Bard Prep teachers and you might miss out!

To register, please drop by the office before May 16 to fill out the returning student application form and submit with non-refundable deposit ($100 per child/per instrument – credited towards tuition balance).

2015-2016 School Calendar

September 12 to December 19
 no classes October 10, Nov 28
Snow date January 9, 2016

January 23 to May 7
 no classes February 13, March 19, March 26
Snow date #1  May 14, 2016
Snow date #2  May 21, 2016


Please email us at bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.  We hope to see everyone back in the Fall!